Published: 28 October 2016

Upcoming events in the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures


There are a number of events coming up this autumn within the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at the University.

Iberian and Latin American Week

From Monday, 31 October to Sunday, 6 November 2016, a celebration of the cultures and languages of the Hispanic world, including Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Basque is taking place. Events include film screenings, dance lessons, cooking lessons and live concerts.

The events kick-off on 31 October with a taster of Basque music with Enara Balzola.

The full programme can be found at: Unless otherwise indicated all events take place on the University of Liverpool main campus.

E Allison Peers Symposium in Hispanic Studies

The E Allison Peers Symposium is an annual symposium which has been hosted by Hispanic Studies at the University since 2009.

It is named for Edgar Allison Peers (left, 1891-1952), Gilmour Chair of Spanish at Liverpool for thirty years from 1922, founder of the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) and the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and a pioneer of Spanish and Catalan Studies.

The Symposium provides an outstanding opportunity to bring some of the best thinkers and practitioners across all of these fields to Liverpool to share and discuss ideas, research and practice.

This year’s Symposium will address the topic of Fronte(i)ras/Boundaries and will welcome the following speakers:

  • Dr Catherine Leen, NUI, Maynooth
  • Dr Thea Pitman, University of Leeds
  • Ailsa Peate, PG University of Liverpool
  • Amanda Leal, Argentina via Skype
  • Jonathan Wilson, University of Liverpool
  • Marta Suárez, LJMU/Manchester Metropolitan

The event takes place on Friday, 4 November 2016 10.00am-3.00pm in the Eleanor Rathbone Lecture Theatre. Registration is free and lunch is included. Please contact Niamh Thorton 0151 794 2753 to register.

Digitisation in Africa: Issues, Problems and Opportunities

In 2013, the Transform Africa summit held in Kigali, Rwanda, developed the Smart Africa Manifesto, based on a number of founding principles which included putting ICT at the centre of the national socio-economic development agenda; improving access to ICT; improving accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT; and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development.

This manifesto opens the door to digital developments in many different realms, including the development of digital collections and archives, and the preservation and promotion of culture through digitisation and online dissemination.

This lecture by Professor Marilyn Deegan (Kings College London) will discuss two projects in the context of growing digital awareness in Africa: Digital Sudan, and the Gacaca Archive Digitisation project in Rwanda.

Digital Sudan is a partnership for conserving and promoting Sudanese cultural and documentary heritage between a large number of Sudanese cultural organisations, King’s College London and the University of Liverpool.  The Gacaca Archive Project is digitising 60 million pages of documents relating to the legal process that tried the accused perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.  Professor Deegan will discuss the challenges of setting up digitisation services in countries where these do not currently exist, and the huge opportunities for archival training and capacity building.

The event, which takes place on Tuesday, 1 November from 5.30pm-7.00pm in Seminar Room 3 in the Rendall Building, will be followed by a drinks reception.

Please register here:

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